Design and Technology Faculty
|Mr P Oliver
||Subject leader for Technology
|Mr C Morley
||Teacher of Technology
|Mrs K Eddell
||Food Technology Teacher
|Mrs B Trodden
||Teacher of Technology
|Mr R Marsh
|Miss F Bennett
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
- Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
- Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users.
- Critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
- Understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
Year 7 Students
Students gain experience working food, textiles, resistant materials technology (RMT) and electronics.
They are taught technology for 4 periods per fortnight, two of which are food/textiles and two of which are RMT/electronics.
Year 7 RTM/Electronics
In RMT students will manufacture a coat hook working in metal and gain experience using a range of hand and machine tools. Students also gain experience of using CAD / CAM to manufacture a wooden puzzle and will then solder a simple circuit in electronics during the manufacture of a hand steady game. 2D Design software will be used for the CAD element of the work and Crocodile technology software will be used to test and model circuits.
Year 8 Students
Students will again work in food, textiles and electronics.
Year 8 Food/Textiles
In Textiles students develop hand skills embellishments through the making of a plushie toy and learn how to embellish with the use of beads, buttons and sequins
Students also gain experience of using the sewing machines by producing a cushion cover with applique pattern design.
Students have the opportunity to sample different print and dye techniques including; tie dye, screen printing and stencilling.
Year 8 Electronics
In electronics the students make an executive lamp using a rainbow LED and a time delay circuit. The students continue their development and knowledge of CAD / CAM through the design and manufacture of the lamp wings in acrylic. If time allows, as an extension task, the students design and make a wall mounted clock in acrylic, MDF or laser plywood.
Year 9 students
In preparation for the courses currently offered at GCSE, study food, textiles and RMT.
Year 9 Food/Textiles
In Textiles students have the opportunity of using CAD/CAM to design and then laser cut their fabric for their chosen textile product.
They can continue developing their product with the addition of more detail through LED’s attached to sewable electronic cells.
Students build on their knowledge gained of sewing machines in year 8 by learning how to use a computerised embroidery machine and overlocker.
Year 9 RMT
In RMT students design and manufacture a desk tidy / stationary holder using MDF, aluminium tube and acrylic. They will use a wide range of hand and machine tools during the making of their product and further develop their skill when using 2D Design for the CAD element of the course.
Technology GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptor
KS4 courses currently offered include:
Year 11- Hospitality and Catering GCSE WJEC Board
Catering with the current Year 11 using the WJEC examination board. The current GCSE Hospitality and Catering specification offers a unique opportunity for candidates to develop their knowledge and extend their skills within hospitality and catering in a vocational context. It is a suitable qualification for those who want a broad background in this area and for those who wish to progress to further education. It will offer valuable preparation for those entering the world of work. The specification encourages the investigation and study of hospitality and catering in a variety of contexts and uses a range of assessment techniques to enable the candidate to respond through practical and investigative work. The subject specification can be found at http://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/hospitality-and-catering/hospitality-and-catering-gcse.html
Year 10-Food and Nutrition GCSE WJEC Board
Food and nutrition with the current year 10 students again using the WJCE examination board. Unit 1: Principles of Food and Nutrition Written examination 1 hour 30 minutes 40% of qualification 80 marks This unit will consist of two sections both containing compulsory questions . Section A : questions based on stimulus materials . Section B : a range of question types to assess all content related to food and nutrition. Unit 2: Food and Nutrition in Action Non – examination assessment : internally assessed, externally moderated Assessment 1: 10 hours Assessment 2: 15 hours 60% of qualification 120 marks Assessment 1: The Food Investigation Assessment : 20 % of the total marks available will be allocated to a scientific food investigation which will assess the learner’s knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the scientific principles underlying the preparation and cooking of food. Assessment 2: The Food Preparation Assessment 40% of the total marks available will be allocated to a task which assesses the learner’s knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking and presentation of dishes to form a menu . These assessments will be based on a choice of tasks released by WJEC annually. The subject specification can be found at http://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/food-and-nutrition/
Design and Technology: Resistant Materials (4560) – AQA
RMT with the current year 10 & 11 using the AQA examination board. GCSE Design and Technology: Resistant Materials helps students develop the ability to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques. This specification requires students to develop their knowledge of woods, metals, plastics and composite materials. Other materials may also be used and the use of new technologies is also encouraged. This course has 60 per cent controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject. The subject specification can be found at http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/design-and-technology/gcse/design-and-technology-resistant-materials-4560
Home Economics: Child Development (4580)
Child development to years 10 & 11 using the AQA examination board. his specification helps students develop their knowledge and understanding of child development issues in a diverse society and enables them to work in a variety of contexts. The two tasks for the controlled assessment provide a choice of a wide variety of topics. The subject specification can be found at http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/home-economics/gcse/home-economics-child-development-4580
Technology GCSE 9-1 assessment descriptor
Edexcel A level Design and Technology – Product Design
KS5 course is currently the Edexcel Design & Technology Resistant Materials Technology AS / A2 Our Edexcel Product Design A level offers two pathways: Resistant Materials Technology and Graphic Products. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of, and skills and application in, designing products, as well as their research, analysis, project planning and evaluation skills. The subject specification can be found at http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/design-technology-product-design-2008.html
In the classroom:- Resistant Material In The Classroom:- Food Technology